It can be a relief to finally realize that it’s time to quit your job, and you may find yourself tempted to cut straight to the chase and tell your manager you’re leaving. However, deciding what to do next can be as hard as or harder than figuring out that you’re ready to leave. Before you quit your job, make sure you can answer the following questions:
Am I leaving on the right note?
You don’t want to quit at the nadir of your reputation at your current employer. If your performance at work has been dragging because you’ve lost interest or been stuck with a difficult project, you may want to wait until you’ve turned things around before leaving. Otherwise you run the risk of your manager talking about how your work deteriorated just before you left if a potential new employer contacts them.
Can I make ends meet?
Even if you’ve already lined up a new job, you need to make sure you’re not going to run out of money before your first paycheck comes in. Depending on the state of your finances, having to get through some dead time before you start work and then waiting as long as a month to get paid may not be feasible.
Am I hurting my career?
Quitting a job can free you up to pursue better opportunities, but if you haven’t lined up anything else to do, it can also hurt you. Make sure you’re not going to have a large gap on your resume to explain to future employers by either lining up a job before you quit or making a plan to keep improving your resume while you look for work.
Why am I quitting?
Sometimes quitting your job is applying the wrong solution to an incompletely understood problem. If you’re sick of your job because it no longer challenges or fulfills you, you may be able to stay employed by asking for new projects and explaining your frustrations to your manager. If, on the other hand, the industry you’re in feels toxic, leaving may be your only option.